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Meaty Baked Pasta

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Meaty Baked Pasta is just what the family calls for on the weekend. With this pasta casserole, you will find a meaty sauce that includes ground beef and Italian sausage, plus a light and creamy ricotta cheese layer that helps to balance the acid in the tomato sauce.

1HR 25MIN

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17

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Ingredients
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8
Serves 8
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1/2 cup
Diced Onions
3 cloves
Garlic , minced
12 oz
Lean Ground Beef
12 oz
Mild Italian Sausage Links
Spicy Italian Sausage
3 1/2 cups
Marinara Sauce
1 2/3 cups
Canned Diced Tomatoes
Including the juice
1 Tbsp
Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
(optional)
14 oz
Penne Pasta
1 1/2 cups
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese , divided
1 1/2 cups
Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup
to taste
Salt and Pepper
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Step 1
Heat Olive Oil (1 Tbsp) in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add Onions (1/2 cup) and Garlic (3 cloves) and cook for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften, stirring often.
Step 2
Add Lean Ground Beef (12 oz) and Mild Italian Sausage Links (12 oz) . Cook until browned and no longer pink, breaking apart any large chunks and stirring often. Dab out any excess fat with a paper towel.
Step 3
To the meat add Marinara Sauce (3 1/2 cups) , Canned Diced Tomatoes (1 2/3 cups) , Italian Seasoning (1 Tbsp) , Salt (1/2 tsp) , Ground Black Pepper (1/2 tsp) and Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (1/4 tsp) .
Step 4
Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 20- 25 minutes to meld flavours.
Step 5
While meat sauce is simmering, cook Penne Pasta (14 oz) according to package directions using well-salted water. Drain pasta and set aside.
Step 6
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 7
In a small bowl stir together Ricotta Cheese (1 1/2 cups) , Mozzarella Cheese (3/4 cup) , Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup) , Dried Basil (1 tsp) and a sprinkle of Salt and Pepper (to taste) .
Step 8
Lightly spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with non stick spray. Add half the cooked pasta and half of the meat sauce to the casserole dish. Stir to combine. Spread with ricotta cheese mixture.
Step 9
To the pot with the remaining pasta add remaining meat sauce. Stir to combine and pour over ricotta cheese layer. Top with remaining Mozzarella Cheese (3/4 cup) and Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup) .
Step 10
Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes until bubbly. If the top isn't browned, broil for 2-3 minutes at the end to brown the cheese.
Step 11
Remove and allow to rest 3-5 minutes prior to serving.

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